Boning Up on Broadband at OSU


In an official announcement from the Ohio governor’s office, the state has shared the news that The Ohio State University (OSU) will receive $3 million to design curriculum for Ohio’s Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership. The announcement was made by Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.

“The Ohio State University is the right institution to host Ohio’s Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership because of their involvement in this work and strong support from the business and education communities,” stated Husted. “This Sector Partnership will give the telecommunications industry a chance to work alongside training providers to develop curriculum that will be available for any Ohio institution. This will better prepare job seekers to enter the workforce with the skills and credentials that will help both individuals and businesses succeed.” 

Released in September 2021, the “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy laid the foundations for Ohio’s 5G rollout. The program has already launched initiatives at career centers, colleges, and universities that are designed to train participants for employment in the telecommunications industry.

“Our experience of the past two years has underscored that fast, reliable connectivity is not a privilege, but a necessity, and is absolutely critical to success in the modern age. Ensuring that every Ohioan has online access, and that the promise of next-generation connectivity – 5G – is realized, requires a well-trained workforce, whose members are experts in the latest cutting-edge technologies,” said OSU President, Kristina M. Johnson. “Ohio State is often at the vanguard of innovation and research, and I am proud to work with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, BroadbandOhio, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and other partners statewide to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum that will prepare Buckeyes for careers in this growing industry.” 

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